How should I take Viread?

You should take Viread (tenofovir) exactly as directed by your doctor. Typically, this will be once every day. Viread should be taken with a full glass of water; you can take it with or without food. To receive the most benefit from Viread, it must be taken regularly with your other HIV medication. Be sure to refill your prescription before you run out of medication. Your doctor will need to monitor your progress with Viread, so it is important not to miss any of your scheduled medical appointments. You will need to undergo regular blood tests to be sure that Viread is helping you without causing damaging side effects. Your doctor also may test and monitor your liver and kidney function. If you have hepatitis B infection, you may develop liver symptoms months after ending treatment with Viread. For this reason, your doctor may need to check your liver function at regular visits for a several months after you stop taking Viread.

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